Travis, who suffered a near-fatal stroke in 2013 which robbed his singing ability and continues to effect his speech, intended to showcase his enduring hits through the baritone vocals of singer James Dupré. The former contestant on The Voice was slated to lead Travis’ longtime band on 12 dates in total, but that plan has been revised down dramatically.
Citing “production and content issues,” a rep for Travis tells Billboard the tour will now only include stops in Evansville, Indiana (October 17 at Victory Theatre); Gulfport, Mississippi (October 19 at Island View Casino); and Nashville, Tennessee, (October 28 at the Ryman Auditorium). Travis was expected to attend each show and be available for meet-and-greets with fans — and possibly sing a few lines of “Forever and Ever, Amen” at the end of each night. His teams hopes to add more dates to another potential tour in the future.
The Music of Randy Travis Tour Dates:
Oct. 16 – Indianapolis, Ind. – The Murat CANCELLED
Oct. 17 – Evansville, Ind. – Victory Theatre
Oct. 18 – Macon, Ga. – Macon Auditorium CANCELLED
Oct. 19 – Gulfport, Miss. – Island View Casino
Oct. 23 – Augusta, Ga. – The Bell CANCELLED
Oct. 24 – Spartanburg, S.C. – Memorial Auditorium CANCELLED
Oct. 25 – Knoxville, Tenn. – Knoxville Auditorium CANCELLED
Oct. 26 – North Little Rock, Ark. – Verizon Arena CANCELLED
Oct. 28 – Nashville, Tenn. – Ryman Auditorium
Oct. 29 – Atlanta, Ga. – Symphony Hall CANCELLED
Nov. 1 – Minneapolis, Minn. – CANCELLED
Nov. 2 – Green Bay, Wis. – Weidner Center CANCELLED